The Daily Leaf | Oregon has it’s first Oregon Cannabis Grower’s Fair

Olivia Finley

By Carlen Washington

August 15, 2016

For the first time ever Oregon held its first ever Oregon Cannabis Grower‘s Fair on Saturday. People gathered together to see and compete for the best marijuana plants to be displayed at the Oregon State Fair.

The two-day Oregon Cannabis Grower’s Fair at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem on Saturday and Sunday showcased hundreds of marijuana plants in booths that featured technology, agriculture, and business innovation in the industry, said the Statesman-Journal.

“It is a historic event. It’s a great opportunity to meet these growers that typically were underground,” said fair organizer Mary Lou Burton. “We’re trying to get people connected up and networking.”

In about two weeks, growers of the winning plants will make their way to the Oregon State Fair, noted the Statesman-Journal. The plants will be guarded and kept in a separate greenhouse because of concerns by 4-H parents that their kids might make find their way into marijuana exhibition.

The state fair started on Aug. 26 and goes through Sept. 5. The self-styled “Guru of Ganja” Ed Rosenthal will judge the potted marijuana plants which, will be cited the traditional blue, purple, and yellow ribbons. The show is accessible to people aged 21 and up, and the plants should be in a pre-flower state without any THC buds. Winning marijuana plants are chosen for different varieties including indica, hybrid, and sativa.

“The first thing is health and to make sure they don’t have infections and then to make sure they … don’t have nutrient deficiencies,” Rosenthal told the AP. “Then, we look at the structure of the plant: Has it been getting as much sun as it should be getting? Is it sunburned?”

Portland winner Daniel DeMeulle, whose marijuana plant entry ended up placing first in the hybrid category, is a home grower. He decided to enter the competition “on a whim,” and has been honing techniques from online tutorials.

“The internet, books, trial and error. That’s about it,” DeMeulle said.